Saturday, December 9, 2017

Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

Kuznetsova out of Australian Open with wrist injury

Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month's Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organizers confirmed on Friday.

The 32-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion was already rated doubtful and was missing from the official entry list when it was published on Friday along with China's world number 94 Zheng Saisai, who has a right knee problem.

Reigning champion Serena Williams was included in the field for the first grand slam of the year but remains a doubt for the event after giving birth to a daughter in September.

Serena entered Australian Open 2018

Serena entered Australian Open 2018

Serena Williams has accepted a place at the Australian Open and is "anticipated to return" to the tournament in January, less than five months after giving birth, organisers said Friday.

The defending women's champion was among 98 of the 100 top women, and all of the men's top 100, to be "confirmed" for the season's opening Grand Slam, they said.

World number ones Simona Halep and 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will both be in Melbourne, but all eyes will be on Williams, who won this year's tournament while pregnant.

Genie Bouchard is still dating the guy from her lost Super Bowl bet?

Genie Bouchard is still dating the guy from her lost Super Bowl bet?

The unlikeliest romance of 2017 looks like it has a good chance of reaching 2018.

You might remember this fun story from last winter: Canadian tennis pro Genie Bouchard went on a date with one of her Twitter followers after betting him that the New England Patriots wouldn’t come back from a 21-0 hole to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

As you know, the Patriots eventually came back from 25 points and Bouchard held up her end of the bargain, taking 20-year-old Missouri student John Goehrke to sit courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game.

The two hit it off so well that Bouchard told media outlets there was a good chance of the couple getting together again and, lo and behold, the two showed up on social media together on Wednesday.

And lest anyone think their first public date was nothing but a publicity grab, they looked not only cozy but completely enveloped in the romantic holiday spirit.

That’s one way to spend a Christmas break.

Bouchard had a disappointing 2017 season, finishing the year ranked No. 82 in the world after being in the top 10 as recently as three years ago. She’ll depart for Australia soon to start the new season.

But apparently not before spending time with her favorite fan.








Article by Kevin Kaduk Busted Racquet

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Johanna Konta appoints Maria Sharapova's former coach Michael Joyce

Johanna Konta appoints Maria Sharapova's former coach Michael Joyce

Johanna Konta has confirmed a big-name signing as her new coach, as befits a player ranked just inside the world’s top 10.

Michael Joyce was a moderate player on the men’s tour, reaching a high point of No 64, but he made his name by coaching Maria Sharapova for nearly seven years at the high point of her career.

During that successful period, which extended from 2004 to early 2011, Sharapova won both her hard-court grand slam titles – in New York and Melbourne – while also climbing to No 1 in the world.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Venus sets sights on 2020 Olympics

Venus sets sights on 2020 Olympics

Venus Williams has dismissed any notion of announcing her retirement anytime soon, saying she is eager to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 37-year-old had a successful year in the absence of her sister Serena through pregnancy, climbing to number five in the singles rankings after finishing runner-up at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the WTA Finals.

Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

Serena, Kuznetsova uncertain of playing Australian Open

Serena Williams has yet to make a decision about her participation at the Australian Open, while world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova is also a doubt for the first grand slam of 2018 after undergoing wrist surgery.

Williams was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd grand slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Ana Ivanovic expecting a baby with husband Bastian Schweinsteiger

Ana Ivanovic expecting a baby with husband Bastian Schweinsteiger

Ana Ivanovic and soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger are expecting their first child.

The couple, who married in Venice last year, took to social media on Thursday morning to announce the news.

Ivanovic announced the new on Twitter with picture of a tiny pair of Adidas Yeezy trainers alongside her own and her husband's.